How to Become a Purpose Driven Journalist to Ignite Change

In this course you will gain insight on how to become a purpose driven journalist who ignites change. Norah shares her journey as a journalist, including her experiences and her passion for the news. She offers valuable advice for any journalist looking to advance their career, or anyone who aspires to begin a career in journalism.

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Norah O’Donnell
Anchor & Managing Editor, CBS Evening News

Norah O’Donnell is fearless in her pursuit of the truth. It’s what makes her one of the most trusted and admired journalists in the world. Her career has taken her from the Pentagon on 9/11 to traveling with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to conducting exclusive interviews with many of the most powerful and influential global figures. Her platform is far-reaching as O’Donnell was named anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News in May 2019. She is also a contributor to “60 Minutes.” Previously, she was a co-host at CBS This Morning and the former Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News. Norah has reported for over a decade at NBC. She has received numerous awards for her groundbreaking journalism including the highly coveted NYWICI Matrix Award in 2019. In 2018, O’Donnell won an Emmy for outstanding investigative report in a newscast for her investigation into sexual assault cases at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

What will I get from this course?

In this course you will gain insight on how to become a purpose driven journalist who ignites change. Norah shares her journey as a journalist, including her experiences and her passion for the news. She offers valuable advice for any journalist looking to advance their career, or anyone who aspires to begin a career in journalism. You will learn about the current climate for reporters and broadcasters in the communications industry and garner valuable takeaways to help you foster your career. You’ll uncover your personal values and how they can contribute to you being a successful journalist. The course will encourage you to dig deeper and shine a light on the issues that you are passionate about and curious to explore. Norah will help guide you on your path to become a leading correspondent!

Course Curriculum

Chapter 1

Chapter 1: A Passion for News

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  • Video Lesson 1: Political Journalism & Tough Questions
  • Video Lesson 2: Broadcast News… an Orchestra
  • Video Lesson 3: Raised with the News
  • Video Lesson 4: Lessons in Serving the Public in Government
  • PDF Lesson 5: Worksheet - Downloadable PDF
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4 lessons, 4 Videos + 1 PDF Downloadable Worksheet

Chapter 2

Chapter 2: Women in Broadcast Journalism

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  • Video Lesson 1: See It, Believe It. Be It!
  • Video Lesson 2: Female Journalists Who Pave the Way
  • Video Lesson 3: Transformational Moments in Journalism for Women
  • PDF Lesson 4: Worksheet - Downloadable PDF
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3 lessons, 3 Videos + 1 PDF Downloadable Worksheet

Chapter 3

Chapter 3: Fostering Your Career

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  • Video Lesson 1: Curiosity Drives You
  • Video Lesson 2: Finding Clarity of Purpose in Your Career
  • Video Lesson 3: Women Succeeding
  • Video Lesson 4: Trusted Friends - Gayle King
  • PDF Lesson 5: Worksheet - Downloadable PDF
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4 lessons, 4 Videos + 1 PDF Downloadable Worksheet

Chapter 4

Chapter 4: A New Awareness for Women and Success

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  • Video Lesson 1: Finding Your Voice
  • Video Lesson 2: Interviewing the President
  • Video Lesson 3: A New Day for Women in Politics
  • PDF Lesson 4: Worksheet - Downloadable PDF
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3 lessons, 3 Videos + 1 PDF Downloadable Worksheet

Chapter 5

Chapter 5: Essential Values of a Good Journalist

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  • Video Lesson 1: Listening & Empathy Are Essential to Good Reporting
  • Video Lesson 2: Generosity
  • Video Lesson 3: Covering Basic Goodness
  • PDF Lesson 4: Worksheet - Downloadable PDF
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3 lessons, 3 Videos + 1 PDF Downloadable Worksheet

Chapter 6

Chapter 6: Family Life as a Journalist

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  • Video Lesson 1: A Strong Support System
  • Video Lesson 2: Lessons as a Mom
  • Video Lesson 3: Partner Support & Confidence
  • PDF Lesson 4: Worksheet - Downloadable PDF
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3 lessons, 3 Videos + 1 PDF Downloadable Worksheet

Chapter 7

Chapter 7: It’s Time for Reckoning & Trust

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  • Video Lesson 1: A Light Bulb Moment
  • Video Lesson 2: The Importance of Multiple Sources
  • Video Lesson 3: Trusted Sources
  • PDF Lesson 4: Worksheet - Downloadable PDF
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3 lessons, 3 Videos + 1 PDF Downloadable Worksheet

Chapter 8

Chapter 8: Norah’s Golden Advice for Success

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  • Video Lesson 1: Persistence
  • Video Lesson 2: Passion
  • Video Lesson 3: Professionalism
  • Video Lesson 4: Integrity
  • PDF Lesson 5: Worksheet - Downloadable PDF
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4 lessons, 4 Videos + 1 PDF Downloadable Worksheet

Chapter 9

Chapter 9: The Wisdom of Good Journalism

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  • Video Lesson 1: Surround Yourself with People Who Are like Sunshine
  • Video Lesson 2: Filtering Solutions
  • Video Lesson 3: Intention with an Interview
  • Video Lesson 4: The Power of the Question
  • Video Lesson 5: Legacy - Not Yet!
  • PDF Lesson 6: Worksheet - Downloadable PDF
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5 lessons, 5 Videos + 1 PDF Downloadable Worksheet

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